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Product Design A Level at The Axe Valley Community College

Course description

The Product Design course encourages candidates to take a broad view of design and technology. If you have studied RMT or Graphic Products at GCSE you will have an idea of what Product Design is. It develops candidates' capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. You will study a variety of resistant materials so that you understand their working characteristics, physical properties, cost and availability which influence the choice of materials in design situations.

Course content

AS: Unit 1: this exam paper is about developing an understanding of the physical and mechanical properties in a broad range of materials and components. Unit 2: A design and make project with a written design portfolio and manufactured outcome(s). Coursework may take a number of forms; a single design-and-make project, two smaller projects and/or a portfolio of work. A2: Unit 3: This exam paper is based primarily on Design and Manufacture including:  The implications of Health and Safety as an element of design activity.  Use of natural resources, materials utilisation, conservation, waste disposal/management, pollution, recycling. Unit 4: A design and make project with a written design folder and manufactured outcome(s). Candidates submit evidence of a single, substantial designing and making activity. 

Entry requirements

The normal 5 A* to C pass rate to study advanced Level 3 courses.


Product Design is an exam and Coursework subject. AS and A2 Product Design are assessed through examinations in June and the Coursework is submitted in May each year. 

Future opportunities

After studying Product Design A level you could go on to study further in the field of design and manufacture. This A level course is useful if you wish to pursue a career in many design fields such as architecture, 3D design and/or engineering. For example we have had past students who have gone on to study Industrial Design and Architectural Model Making. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Axe Valley Community College directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years